Neglected tropical diseases affect almost 50% of Africa’s population. But how is the continent faring in the fight against the debilitating slate of diseases? A new “league table” tracking progress and setbacks is set to be presented at the African Union Summit in Ethiopia next week.
What it will reveal:
- In the past 3 years, 3 of the poorest African nations have outperformed their wealthier neighbors in the fight against NTDs.
- Despite the availability of free medicines to protect Africans from NTDs, some countries are not protecting their populations.
- In a single African country, tens of millions of people require treatment for a single NTD.